Navigating The Choppy Waters of Enabling Self-Organizing Scrum Teams

10 Questions, 1 Belief and 1 Goal: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Self-Organization

POWERFUL QUESTION Like many trainers, I probably learn more from my students than my students learn from me. When students come hungry to learn, they ask the most thought-provoking questions that take me on treasure hunts that reveal powerful insights. One such...
3 Cups of Tea

How 3 Cups of Tea With Marshall Goldsmith Can Enable Self-Organizing Scrum Teams

One of the biggest challenges I have observed in professional adoption of Scrum is that team members (especially me) resist the need to address concerns with other team members 1x1, in a courageous and compassionate way. As human beings, we tend to avoid conflict by...
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How Scrum-patible Is Your Mental Model? 10 Statements To Get A Reaction…

"All models are wrong. Some are useful" -George Box The more I try to help individuals and organizations on the path to Professional Scrum, the more I realize that most needless suffering in the name of Scrum is due to a fundamental mis-match of mental models. To...
Adaptation (Not By Charles Darwin)

6 Ways Scrum Can Help You Adapt To Emerging Threats & Opportunities…

Most executives who choose to spend time and money introducing Scrum into their organizations misunderstand it to be a delivery technique that helps you get more work from less people in less time with less money. The most important lesson I learned from Ken Schwaber...
Self-Organization

10 Coaching Questions To Enable Self-Organization

As a recovering manager I want to stop solving problems for teams So that I can enable self-organization... One of the biggest reasons I failed my first attempt at the Scrum.org PSM-1 assessment was that I had a habit of solving problems I had no business solving. Ken...
CAN YOU HELP ME WRITE THIS STORY…?

CAN YOU HELP ME WRITE THIS STORY…?

It is my favorite time of the year - Fall, the season of thanks, reflection and resolutions. As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, I look back with thanks and appreciation at all this year has given to us. Among other things, I am thankful...

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TRUE CERTIFICATION – EARNED OR PURCHASED?

TRUE CERTIFICATION – EARNED OR PURCHASED?

"Eventbrite Order Notification" - This is probably one of the best mails I receive as a ScrumTrainer 🙂 It usually means I have another student with whom I can share my passion for Scrum. Sometimes it doesn't quite work that way. Last year, I got this notification for...

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THE ITER-FALL DIET – WILL IT MAKE YOUR TEAMS AGILE?

THE ITER-FALL DIET – WILL IT MAKE YOUR TEAMS AGILE?

Sometimes when we try Agile, our initial process might look a little bit like something I call an "Iter-Fall" Sandwich - a mixture between Iterative Software Development and Waterfall. In an extreme case, we might have the following "iterations"... 1. Requirements...

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IN MEMORIAM – CHRIS BARNHURST, MY FRIEND, MENTOR AND GUIDE

IN MEMORIAM – CHRIS BARNHURST, MY FRIEND, MENTOR AND GUIDE

  IN MEMORIAM – CHRIS BARNHURST Last week, I lost one of my best friends, mentors and supporters – Chris Barnhurst. It is hard to think of a world without Chris, God took him too soon. It is difficult to describe all the ways in which Chris helped me and my...

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